Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy Names President Jim Kirk to Board of DirectorsJul 6th, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy (WWUA) has named to its board of directors Jim Kirk, President of Ump-Attire.com.
Jim brings multiple backgrounds to the board. He currently leads the world’s leading retailer of umpire sporting goods Ump-Attire.com. As a major sponsor to WWUA since its first session in 2014, the company coordinates with manufacturers to provide students/aspiring umpires with full starter sets of top-quality equipment and uniforms.
A leading expert and educator on umpire safety & appearance, Jim once worked with individuals with physical and mental disabilities as a vocational rehabilitation counselor.
Jim maintains long-standing relationships with Minor League Baseball Umpire Development & Training Academy and the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO).
He has been involved in sports officiating related charities, Umpires Without Borders, an education and resource provider to umpires in need worldwide and UMPS CARE Charities, the charity of MLB umpires. He served as a 2-term board of director to UMPS CARE from 2012-2018, was named their 2015 Ambassador Award recipient and currently serves as an adviser on their social media & marketing team.
Dan Weikle, WWUA Co-Founder shared:
“Your work and generosity has made the program first class in every way. The very excellent equipment donation you have spearheaded unquestionably gets the message across that our wounded heroes are of singular importance, and, indeed, are very special individuals.”
"Two groups who give of themselves to serve the key ideals our country values are military and sports officials. I am honored to serve alongside the WWUA, who uniquely serves those who serve as both."
Jim is the first non-military board member to serve with the WWUA. View the Complete List of Board of Directors.
Established in 2014, the Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy's mission is to assist active or retired recovering military service members to establish careers in umpiring through free travel, accommodations, training, uniforms, placement and peer support.
Learn more at woundedwarriorua.org/
Ump-Attire.com, based in Louisville, Kentucky, is the leading worldwide retailer of umpire and referee gear and apparel. Owned by Jim Kirk, Ump-Attire.com is the Preferred Vendor of the National Association of Sports Officials and is the exclusive uniform supplier to Minor League Baseball Umpires and the MiLB Umpire Training Academy.
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About the Author
Pro School Umpire Graduate Josh Mann
A native of Chicago, Josh graduated from the University of Arizona with degrees in Economy & Industry and Sports Management. He attended the Minor League Baseball Umpire Training Academy and Harry Wendelstedt Umpire School, umpired in the Frontier Professional Baseball League, and worked in the Chicago Cubs Organization. Josh enjoys baseball, hockey, golf and spending time with his dog Wrigley. He spent 4 years as Ump-Attire.com’s marketing assistant and recently relocated to Arizona.